International Geography Olympiad

The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is an annual competition for 16- to 19-year-old geography students from all over the world. Students chosen to represent their countries are some of the best, chosen from thousands of students who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads. iGeo tests the abilities of every participants in spatial patterns and processes. The iGeo consists of three parts: a written test, a multimedia test and a substantial fieldwork exercise requiring observation, leading to cartographic representation and geographical analysis. The programme also includes poster presentations by teams, cultural exchanges, and time for students to get to know their fellow students and explore the host city.

The International Geography Olympiad is organised by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Olympiad Task Force, who produce tests with reference to the local organisers and the international board.

After the first iGeo in 1996, it was recommended that the competition was held biennially. Due to the competition growing in popularity, since 2012 the competition has been held annually, rather than biennially, as is the case with the other large International Science Olympiads.

History of competition and national success

During the 1994 Congress of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in Prague, people from Poland and the Netherlands launched the idea of an International Geography Competition (iGeo) or Olympiad for students between 15 and 19 years of age. The first one was held in 1996 in The Hague, Netherlands, with five participating countries. The participant count grew to 24 countries with the 2008 competition in Carthage, Tunisia.

Before 2012, the International Science Olympiads were held every two years, and some regional geography Olympiads were held during intervening years.[1] These include the Asia Pacific Regional Geography Olympiads (APRGO), which were held in 2007 (Hsinchu, Taiwan[2][3]), 2009 (Tsukuba, Japan[4]), and 2011 (Merida, Mexico[5]), and the Central European Regional Geography Olympiads (CERIGEO). Since 2013, the International Geography Olympiad, in concordance with the other Olympiads, has been held on a yearly basis.

At the most recent iGeo, held in Quebec City, Canada between July and August 2018, there were 43 participating countries.

The next Olympiad is the 2019 iGeo, which will be held in Hong Kong, China in August 2019.

Member countries and regions

The participating countries and regions in the 2018 International Geography Olympiad are:[6][7]

The names used are the standard names officially used by the International Geographical Union, based on the roster list for the 2017 International Geography Olympiad in Belgrade.

Summary

Number Year Host country Host city Individual Olympiad Champion Best National Team 2nd National Team 3rd National Team Nations Participants
1 1996  Netherlands The Hague  Belgium

Steven Pattheeuws

 Poland  Slovenia  Belgium 5 20
2 1998  Portugal Lisbon  Poland

Katarzyna Kwiecińska

 Poland  Slovenia  Belgium 5 20
3 2000  South Korea Seoul  Poland

Adam Biliski

 Poland  Netherlands  South Korea 13 52
4 2002  South Africa Durban  Romania

Florin Olteanu

 Romania  Poland  Belarus 12 48
5 2004  Poland Gdańsk  Poland

Maciej Hermanowicz

 Poland  Estonia  Romania 16 64
6 2006  Australia Brisbane  Poland

Jacek Próchniak

 Poland  Estonia  Romania 23 92
7 2008  Tunisia Carthage  Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

 Romania  Estonia  Australia 24 96
8 2010 China-Taipei Taipei  Romania

Barbu Ion Alexandru

 Singapore  Australia  Poland 27 108
9 2012  Germany Cologne  Singapore

Samuel Chua

 Singapore  Romania  Poland 31 124
10 2013  Japan Kyoto  Singapore

Daniel Wong

 Romania  Croatia  Singapore 32 128
11 2014  Poland Kraków  USA

James Mullen

 Singapore  Australia  Romania 36 144
12 2015  Russia Tver China-Taipei

Chang-Chin Wang

 Poland  Romania China-Taipei 40 159
13 2016  China Beijing  Thailand

Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl

 Australia  Singapore  Thailand 45 173
14 2017  Serbia Belgrade  Romania

Victor Vescu

 Poland  Romania  USA 41 160
15 2018  Canada Quebec City  Russia

Alen Kospanov

 Romania Singapore  USA 43 165
16 2019  Hong Kong Hong Kong
17 2020  Turkey Istanbul

Performances

Best nations by podium finishes (all time)

Place National Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd Years Champions (Teams Participating) Years Runners Up (Teams) Years 3rd Place (Teams)
1st  Poland 7, 1, 1 1996 (5), 1998 (5), 2000 (13), 2004 (12), 2006 (23), 2015 (40), 2017 (41) 2002 (12) 2012 (31)
2nd  Romania 4, 3, 2 2002 (12), 2008 (24), 2013 (32), 2018 (43) 2012 (31), 2015 (40), 2017 (41) 2006 (23), 2014 (36)
3rd  Singapore 3, 2, 1 2010 (27), 2012 (31), 2014 (36) 2016 (45), 2018 (43) 2013 (32)
4th  Australia 1, 2, 1 2016 (45) 2010 (27), 2014 (36) 2008 (24)
5th  Estonia 0, 3, 0 2004 (12), 2006 (23), 2008 (24)
6th  Slovenia 0, 2, 0 1996 (5), 1998 (5)
7th (tied)  Croatia 0, 1, 0 2013 (32)
7th (tied)  Netherlands 0, 1, 0 2000 (13)
9th (tied)  Belgium 0, 0, 2 1996 (5), 1998 (5)
9th (tied)  USA 0, 0, 2 2017 (41), 2018 (43)
11th (tied)  Thailand 0, 0, 1 2016 (45)
11th (tied) China-Taipei 0, 0, 1 2015 (40)
11th (tied)  Belarus 0, 0, 1 2002 (12)
11th (tied)  South Korea 0, 0, 1 2000 (13)

Most national individual victories (All time)

Place Nation Wins World Champions Produced (Year)
1st (tied)  Poland 4 Jacek Próchniak (2006), Maciej Hermanowicz (2004), Adam Biliski (2000), Katarzyna Kwiecińska (1998)
1st (tied)  Romania 4 Victor Vescu (2017), Barbu Ion Alexandru (2010, 2008), Florin Olteanu (2002)
3rd  Singapore 2 Daniel Wong (2013), Samuel Chua (2012)
4th (tied)  Thailand 1 Wuttipat Kiratipaisarl (2016)
4th (tied) China-Taipei 1 Chang-Chin Wang (2015)
4th (tied)  USA 1 James Mullen (2014)
4th (tied)  Belgium 1 Steven Pattheeuws (1996)
4th (tied)  Russia 1 Alen Kospanov (2018)

References

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